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Jobs of the Week: August 18 Edition

August 20th, 2014

Every other week we will be highlighting several hand-picked openings from each our offices’ teams.  Check each listing’s full job post for details and application info!


New York City – Director of Product – Media & News: Consumer video start up, part of one of the largest news organizations in the world and leading source of intelligent information for businesses and consumers, is seeking a Director of Product to drive the roadmap, development, and launch for a completely new TV channel within the company – an innovative mobile TV/news app.

MoreInfoToApplyhttp://talener.com/jobs/nyc-director-product-media-news/


 Boston – PHP Engineer – Educational Publication: A notable education publication is looking to expand their digital team and technology footprint with several sharp, well-rounded software engineers.

MoreInfoToApplyhttp://talener.com/jobs/boston-php-engineer-publishing/
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Posted in Company News, Talener Blog

Updates from the Tech Scene in Chicago

August 15th, 2014

It’s been a year since we opened our Chicago office and the city’s tech scene continues to boom! Some recent highlights and news from the tech scene out of the Windy City:

MerchandiseMartChicagoThe Move to Merchandise Mart: Originally opened as a wholesale showroom space in the 1930s, this sprawling building (which has its own zip code!) has expanded and evolved drastically over the years. Today, the unique floor plan is providing an attractive option for tech companies that embrace open layouts and collaborative environments. Some of the space’s upcoming tenants will include popular online review service Yelp and credit card payment software Braintree. They’ll join a number of tech companies, including 1871, a community center and digital startup coworking space, that has already made the Merch home.

From One Coworking Space to Another: Coworking options in the Windy City are also expanding, as seen with the recent announcement of Matter, a space specifically targeted for technology startups in the medical device and biopharma industries. The space, which has the backing of  Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s ChicagoNEXT technology and innovation council, is currently accepting applications for new tenants.

490521817Other Movers & Shakers: After a recent move from one West Loop building to another, electronic legal service provider Inventus LLC plans to double their workforce in the near future. Other tech companies in the Chicago area that have recently ramped up hiring efforts have included: Sprout Social, Codifyd Inc and Grubhub.

Work in technology and looking to make a move to Chicago? Or looking to hire? We can help! Check our job board for some of our latest openings or feel free to contact us directly!

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Posted in Client News, Current Events, News, Talener Blog

When Online Dating Meets Job Searching

August 8th, 2014

Job Searching Online DatingDating and interviewing: we’ve heard the comparison a million times before. But for two new ventures, the key to more effective recruitment may lie within technology that’s already being used in more personal ventures: the online dating industry.

Jobr, a new smart phone app, has looked to the popular dating app Tindr for inspiration in simplifying the job search process. Just as Tindr connects with Facebook, the app uses LinkedIn data as a launching point to create a short profile based on your job history and skill areas before allowing you to browse through potential openings in your area. The heart of the app is the right-left/yes-no swiping that’s so familiar to fans of Tindr. The ambitious mission to simplify communications between job hunters and hiring managers may be a welcome change to burdensome, lengthy job applications and registration systems, but will professionals take this more casual, app-centric approach to the job hunt seriously?

In a similar vein, eHarmony recently announced their own foray into the crowded job search space: Elevated Careers. Recognizing that the average American employee only lasts around 4.6 years at a job and noting the low divorce rates of eHarmony marriages, the online dating giant is looking to use a similar algorithmic approach to professional matchmaking. While the service hasn’t launched yet, at the core is quality over quantity and speed – drilling job success down to the primary basic of personality and cultural factors.

This begs the question: Would you be more willing to test a simple swipe-and-go job search tool? Or would you take the time for a more carefully measured survey approach to career moves? Job seekers tend to use any measure necessary to open options, but only time will tell if either of these services will actually prove valuable as professional cupids.

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Posted in Career Tips, Current Events, Talener Blog

Playing the Tech Startup Name Game

August 1st, 2014

Naming Your Technology StartupLet’s do a quick comparison. Think of an online directory of technology or startup companies. Now imagine the technology company section of the yellow pages (remember those?) from thirty years ago or so. Those old company names? Probably more cut and dry, flat-out descriptive (International Business Machines Corporation,) acronym-heavy, “figureoutable”(Microcomputer + Software = Microsoft), or simply based on the company’s cornerstone product or service (xerographic technology = Xerox.) In contrast, it seems like many of today’s companies read more like a jumble of Dr. Seuss character names, cutesy portmanteaus or a seemingly normal word twisted with a funky spelling or “ly” or “err” thrown on the back end.

In truth, naming your company is probably one of the biggest, early challenges a new business faces. And while sometimes the spark of inspiration is there from the start, leading to a sensible and “just right” name, in all likeliness, it doesn’t turn out like this. Instead, deciding a company is a serious exercise in brainstorming, thesaurus crawling, list making, research, testing and debate.

We put together some helpful resources from around the internet with advice for naming your new company, application or service. Take note that some of these pieces contain conflicting advice, but we wanted to show a range of opinions when it came to naming best practices.

3 Tips for Naming Your Business in the Modern, Mobile World via Entrepreneur.com

  • Short & Memorable: Some of the best company names contain 5 – 10 letters in their name, many with a hard consonant and/or a repeating letter.
  • Thinking beyond the website: Today picking a business name takes more than just confirming that it hasn’t been copyrighted before and that your ideal website domain is available. Take into account social media accounts that may use similar names and the search results that pop up when searching your new company’s potential name.

Before naming your startup, read this via The Next Web

  •  The Excuses Behind Poor Names: Julian Shapiro outlines some of the common excuses used to justify bad names, which include a lack of knowledge about your own business, laziness, and arrogance.
  • Using the Power of Online Tools: Included are some action-oriented suggestions for selecting a great name, utilizing keyword generators and domain portfolios for inspiration.

10 company name types on TechCrunch: Pros and cons via The Name Inspector

  • Breaking Down Name Types:  The Name Inspector checks into the good, bad and the ugly in the diverse variations in company names, from the punny to the purposely misspelled.

If after checking out some of these sites you’re still unsure of the direction you should go in, you could always just head over to Buzzfeed’s helpful Startup Name Generator.

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Posted in Career Tips, News, Talener Blog

Tech After Hours Roundup: Inside Augmented Reality

June 20th, 2014

What do Lego, Audi, manufacturing company Kuka Systems, and Huggies Pull Ups all have in common? It’s not the start of a bad joke, but actually a list of companies utilizing the incredible power of augmented reality (AR) technology.

On Wednesday, June 18, Talener invited in Brendan Scully of Metaio for another great Tech After Hours talk on how a diverse range of industries are employing AR into their operations and marketing. For those unfamiliar with AR, here’s the formal dictionary definition:

augmented reality

Obviously this leaves a wide range of possibilities open for developers, engineers, and marketing professionals. So what are some of the ways AR is being used?

For maintenance technicians (of HVAC systems, automobiles, and even heavy-duty manufacturing equipment), custom apps allow users to scan products and see a virtual representation of product manuals. By highlighting exactly what and how which mechanisms need to be fixed, a revolution is already happening in training and maintenance. Bulky product manuals will soon be a thing of the past as we all move towards an all-digital and truly interactive experience.

Other brands are taking a more playful approach to using AR. For Huggies Pull Ups this meant encouraging a generation of “digital toddlers” to use a special mobile application that gamifies the potty training process. Run through Metaio’s developer platform, their app allows kids to scan packaging materials to make the “chore” a fun experience.

Retailers like Victoria Secret are also using the service to create a seamless experience between in-store, catalog, and online sales. Scanable catalogs now link directly to eCommerce sites – allowing for a new level of ease for consumers and further insight for marketing teams of how shoppers are going from browsing to purchase.

Companies like Metaio are pushing the boundaries of these innovative technologies in multiple ways: from browsers that display their creations, coding software, and even hardware to provide a faster AR experience. Interested in learning more about AR? Check out the videos below, the Metaio blog and this great How Stuff Works article!

Posted in Current Events, Events, Talener Blog

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